Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings of this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai and Jeff Huber.

RIP, Poppy: Cat has clumsily pawed her last ball of yarn. Credit: Guinness World Records

This week, the world's oldest cat, Poppy, passed away at the age of 24. Family and friends of the feline say that Poppy will miss doing her favorite pastime: not dying. [ABC News] Researchers report last month that sleep deprivation is often the result of "bedtime procrastination." The research team said that they had hoped to release their findings sooner but they totally got sucked into watching more episodes of "Orange is the New Black." [Newser] World Cup of Soccer/Futbol started yesterday, but what about the World Cup of Everything Else? Leave it to the statisticians. [WSJ] And for American sports fans who think soccer is too slow of a game, try watching it in microgravity. "World Cup?" astronauts ask. "Try Outta-This-World-Cup." [Time] A couple in Western Pennsylvania has started a company that allows customers to rent chickens. Because sometimes you want a chicken to poop all over the yard, but you only want the chicken to do it for a day or so. [Trib Total Media] For dwarf spiders, the Middle Ages aren't over. Researchers have revealed more about how male dwarf spiders put chastity belts on female spiders after mating. [National Geographic] Travelers are avoiding a Ramada Inn in Prince George, British Columbia, because it has become overrun with bees. Owners of the hotel say they can't wait for the bees to leave so that they can go back to doing what they do best: making up excuses for why no one is staying at their hotel. [Prince George Free Press] Rats, like humans, feel regret when it comes to making poor food choices. It's like, "Doh, should've had a V8," except the opposite. [Washington Post]            

Author: Jeff Huber

Jeff Huber is an associate editor at C&EN. He enjoys finding peculiar news stories that make him laugh and/or tilt his head in a thoughtful manner. This hobby has served him well as a contributor to the Newscripts blog.

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